Thursday, August 29 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Restorative Community Engagement: Creating Spaces to Share Power 

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Engagement is a vital component to achieving equity, but sometimes falls short of our goals and ends up being harmful to the communities we are trying to serve. We have recognized the inherent importance of involving people who are impacted by our decisions in the creation, process, and implementation of our projects and programs. We’ll discuss how to create restorative spaces that honor collective healing and empowerment of those involved, to advance and improve our projects and programs.
“Nothing about us, without us” is a phrase that is should be amplified within our programs, and it often is highlighted, but what does “Nothing about us, without us,” truly mean? In what ways is community and youth engagement tokenized within our work and how can we work towards changing the ways we show up? Through experiential activities, we will challenge the perceptions and actions we have within our work, and frame community and youth engagement in a way that brings equity and inclusivity to the forefront. We will address multiple levels of biases and barriers that exist on: individual, communal, organizational, and systemic levels.
We will discuss how community engagement has to be walking the walk, and not just talking the talk of inclusivity and engagement. Through this workshop we will explore actionable ways we can show up and share power with communities. In doing so, we can collectively work towards the advancement of authentic community engagement.

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Sedona Allen

Youth Advisor, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Sedona is a Peaceful Warrior. She is passionate about creating paradigm shifts that honor the Sacred Earth and liberate all beings. Sedona is pursuing her B.A. in Peace Studies, Yoga, & Environmental Science at Naropa University. She works as a Youth Advisor at the Colorado Department... Read More →
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Angel Smith

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Angel Smith is currently the Health Equity and Community Engagement the Maternal Child Health Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She describes herself as a living lighthouse. Existing in a space where there are constant contending energies- the System... Read More →

Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Torreys Peak 1

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